Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the 2023 general elections, declared that judges who were making decisions in subordinate courts in Nigeria would be “fired” if the country became a different country.
Furthermore, the NNPP candidate denied any discussions with President Bola Tinubu or anyone else on the Supreme Court judgment upholding the election of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf as Governor of Kano State.
Reacting to the claim that he had a deal with Tinubu before the ruling, Kwakwaso made this statement.
On Friday, Nigeria's Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeal's decision to dismiss Governor Yusuf of the NNPP and recognized him as the legitimately elected leader of the state.
Reacting to a rumor that he had reached an agreement with President Tinubu on the Supreme Court ruling, Kwanwaso said during an interview with BBC Hausa: “What happened at the Supreme Court is a lesson for all of us. I know I mean well for everyone. During the entire period I did not harm anyone. And everyone would reap what he sows. As far as I know, I haven't reached an agreement with anyone.”
According to him, “All I know is that President Tinubu is my contemporary. I entered politics with the SDP at the same time as him. Then he was a senator and I was vice chairman of the House of Representatives. In 1999, he was my colleague as Governor of Lagos State.
“We formed the APC together and we fully participated in the struggle that followed. People need to know that a lie has a short life. Despite the machinations these people staged, the judges did what was right.
“There is no problem. They have their party; we have ours. Where necessary, we will work together. As for the question of joining the government, only time can tell.”
The former Governor of Kano State also said he did not want to boss the Governor of Kano State but could only advise him.
“Kabir Yusuf is the governor. We can only advise. Even if he was a biological son, I cannot rule over him. I already gave him advice before the government intervened. There are thousands of people like me. I can not do it alone. When a governor or a president does well, the credit goes to him. If he does not do this, the blame will be placed on him.
“People misunderstand this. When I was governor, I chose suggestions that people kept, even in trash cans. The same goes for radio stations and newspapers. Because everything has an appointed time. Those who succeed must be able to prove their worth.
“There were errors in the previous judgment, but the Supreme Court reversed what the lower courts did. If it were in other climes, those who handed down the verdicts in the lower courts would quit their jobs,” he said.